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The wave (Die welle) - Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt, Dennis Gansel

Threat advisory: Under evaluation

Movie propaganda

Passed over for teaching his much preferred subject of "Anarchy" and being stuck with "Autocracy", popular high school teacher Rainer Wenger (Jürgen Vogel) is fed up. In an effort to make things more interesting, Wenger implements a frightening experiment: starting with forcing his students to wear a uniform, Wenger gradually starts to build a microcosmic dictatorship. The experiment is quickly embraced by the students and tensions build to a horrifying climax.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama Germany high school teacher student politics social relationship German dictator

Persons of interest

  • Jürgen Vogel .... Rainer Wenger
  • Frederick Lau .... Tim Stoltefuss
  • Max Riemelt .... Marco
  • Jennifer Ulrich .... Karo
  • Christiane Paul .... Anke Wenger
  • Jacob Matschenz .... Dennis
  • Cristina do Rego .... Lisa
  • Elyas M'Barek .... Sinan
  • Maximilian Vollmar .... Bomber
  • Max Mauff .... Kevin
  • Ferdinand Schmidt-Modrow .... Ferdi
  • Tim Oliver Schultz .... Jens
  • Amelie Kiefer .... Mona
  • Fabian Preger .... Kaschi
  • Odine Johne .... Maja
  • Tino Mewes .... Schädel
  • Karoline Teska .... Miri
  • Marco Bretscher-Coschignano .... Dominik
  • Lennard Bertzbach .... Bommel
  • Thommy Schwimmer .... Maxwell
  • Joseph M'Barek .... Thorben
  • Jaime Ferkic .... Bobby
  • Darvin Schmidt .... Leon
  • Leander Hagen .... Zecke
  • Lucas Hardt .... Kulle
  • Maxwell Richter .... Faust
  • Liv Lisa Fries .... Laura
  • Lena Lutz .... Leyla
  • Natascha Paulick .... Verkäuferin
  • Maren Kroymann .... Dr Kohlhage
  • Teresa Harder .... Mutter Caro
  • Thomas Sarbacher .... Vater Karo
  • Hubert Mulzer .... Dieter Wieland
  • Friederike Wagner .... Mutter Marco
  • Dennis Gansel .... Martin
  • Todd Strasser .... Author
  • Dennis Gansel .... Screenwriter
  • Peter Thorwarth .... Screenwriter
  • Dennis Gansel .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • The wave (Die welle) official movie site
  • The wave (Die welle) film production notes
  • The wave (Die welle) QuickTime movie trailers
  • Awards and film festivals:
    • European Film Awards 2008: Nominated: Audience Award Best Film (Dennis Gansel), Best Actor (Jürgen Vogel)
    • German Film Awards 2008: Won: Film Award in Bronze Outstanding Feature Film (Christian Becker), Film Award in Gold Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Frederick Lau); Nominated: Film Award in Gold Best Editing (Ueli Christen), Outstanding Feature Film (Christian Becker)
    • Golden Trailer Awards 2008: Nominated: Most Original Foreign Trailer
    • Sundance Film Festival 2008: Nominated: Grand Jury Prize World Cinema - Dramatic (Dennis Gansel)
  • Studios and distributors:

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

The drama, Germany movie The wave (Die welle) is directed by Dennis Gansel and stars Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: German
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Interviews: Exclusive Australian interview with star Jürgen Vogel
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Subtitles: English captions

Government security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong themes and coarse language)

Surveillance time

103 minutes (1:43 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 4 March 2009
DVD retail: 3 June 2009

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